You don’t *have* to have your makeup done professionally on your wedding day.

Dec 28, 2021

Look, if you want to have your hair and makeup done professionally for your wedding then this advice is not for you. Have at. But I speak to a lot of brides who really don’t WANT their hair or makeup done professionally. They’re not makeup people. And I’d just like to officially give you permission to do your own makeup, or not wear any at all, if that’s how you’re going to be happiest and most comfortable.

Unprofessionally done hair and makeup for this Wed Magazine shoot with Lyra and Moth

I did my own makeup for my wedding day in 2018. I went to my local Mac counter and got some new eyeshadows- my first since I bought a palette for a school ball in 2009. I was getting married away from home, I didn’t have the opportunity to go to trials and I didn’t feel comfortable having a stranger do my makeup. Makeup artists tend to be people who have worn make up every day since they were a teenager, so their idea of light is very different to mine. Also I was pregnant, and I tired VERY easily, and I was genuinely concerned that the extra hour plus I would have to factor in for having makeup applied would tire me out.

Some photographers really heavily reccomend getting your makeup done, warning that you won’t be able to see the makeup in photos. As if that’s some sort of fate worse than death- I’ve now done several photoshoots where the model has done their own makeup and perhaps it’s not as slick and immaculate as a professional would achieve, but it saves us a lot of time on shoot days and if you’re talking about planning a wedding it’s also going to save you a lot of money. That’s not to say makeup artists overcharge, they have huge overheads, travel costs and they spend hours and hours on admin and trials for every wedding. But that doesn’t mean it’s worth that money to you. There’s a lot of subjectivity in planning and I’m weary of anyone who says you have to book any specific thing.

Wear what makes you feel comfortable, beautiful and happy. Remember the wedding is more than the sum of how you look, it’s about spending your day with the people that you love.

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